Mindfulness is best described as the non-judgmental awareness of your thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations in the present moment.

Whatever your current situation looks like, you can use mindfulness to ground and centre yourself anytime, anywhere. Practising mindfulness has been scientifically-proven to reduce stress and lead to better health outcomes and overall happiness. It’s like having your own personal superpower that you can turn to whenever you need it.

We all have the capacity for mindfulness, but it can be developed over time through a variety of practices like guided mediation, going for a nature walk or even while brushing your teeth!

Mindfulness reminds us that all we have is the present moment. Yesterday is gone; let it go. Tomorrow may never come; stop worrying about it. Be present and show up in this moment. It’s the only moment that matters.

Here are some tools to help get you started on your mindfulness journey:

A Meditation to Open Your Heart by Deepak Chopra (video)

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Introducing the York Region Trail Guide (video)

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Mindfulness Exercise: Brushing Your Teeth (video)

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